odds and ends

Students and teachers alike are doing the countdown to Thanksgiving. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a product of New York schools and NY has some nicely permissive policies when dealing with days off.

For example, I received most of the Jewish holidays off when I was growing up; Southwest Ohio provides no days off for these holidays. Despite our capital being named for the man, we also do not receive Columbus Day off. Most Ohio schools run from Labor Day to Thanksgiving without one day off for either teachers or students; Turkey Day holds special meaning to those of us who have had our nose to the grindstone for all those weeks.

Of course, we DO get out of school obscenely early- when most of my NYC teachers are sweating June out in classrooms, I’ve already been done with teaching for two weeks.


In other school news, Ohio voters defeated Senate Bill 5!

I had very little doubt the unpopular law would be shown the door, but I’ve learned you never can tell when it comes to Ohio. I do know that the county I lived in was one of the few in the state to unanimously vote YES on 5. It’s hard to handicap these things.

I would be more excited about this, except I am absolutely positive there are politicians ensconced somewhere in the state’s capital, scheming of a new way to take away my health insurance and dock my salary.


I didn’t share pictures of Halloween, did I? Oh well. They’re behind the cut, if you’re interested.

Ellen and I dressed as Amy Pond and the 11th Doctor, respectively. Here, you can see us fighting the Dalek-Pumpkin I carved. Gotta say, this was a fun costume to wear and even more fun to put together. I’ve been assembling pieces of my Doctor outfit for months now, starting with the fez I bought when we were on our family vacation at Disney World. At the same time, Ellen threw her costume together in about an afternoon and looks every bit as terrific!

Henry dressed as a robot, using a storebought costume gifted to us two years ago. I can’t even fathom how many children have used this costume. Elliot’s a monkey… again, the fancy costume was a gift from friends more well off than we. In the middle, Gus is a knight. The kids had a great Halloween; trick or treating was fun and we’re still wading in Halloween candy.

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